CANADA: Somali Man Arrested in Suspected 'Lone Wolf' Attack

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Charges are anticipated "in the very near future" against a Somali national accused of running down and stabbing a police officer and then injuring four pedestrians in a high-speed chase through the streets of Alberta province's capital, Royal Canadian Mounted Police assistant commissioner Marlin Degrand said at a press conference on Sunday afternoon.

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif faces five counts of attempted murder, four counts of unsafe driving causing bodily harm, risky operation of a motor vehicle and one weapons-related charge.

The attacker was taken into custody and a criminal investigation into his act of terrorism was launched.

Canada defended its immigration and refugee vetting system on Monday after a Somali immigrant, who had drawn scrutiny for his alleged extremist views, was charged with attempted murder for a weekend vehicle and knife attack that injured five.

Sharif has been remanded, and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning.

Outside the stadium, a police officer with his marked, flashing cruiser was handling crowd control and security when a speeding white Chevy Malibu rammed through a barrier, sending the officer flying five metres through the air. Then the driver jumped out, stabbed the officer, then fled.

"From all indications it appears that this was a single individual acting alone", said Knecht.

Constable Mike Chernyk, who was hit by a auto and stabbed repeatedly, emerged with remarkably few injuries, and was released from hospital early Sunday. "In fact, no shots were fired anywhere in this entire incident", said Knecht.

Becoming suspicious when police held him up, the driver sped off toward Jasper Avenue, downtown Edmonton's main east-west thoroughfare, with multiple police cars in pursuit.

Of the four pedestrians, two suffered head injuries including a skull fracture.

The driver, a 30-year-old male, "deliberately attempted to hit pedestrians" during the police chase and was arrested after his vehicle overturned, said police, adding that "based on evidence at the scenes and the actions of the suspect", these incidents are being investigated as "acts of terrorism".

In Ottawa, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Sharif crossed legally into Canada in 2012 at a regular border crossing and obtained refugee status at that time.

Later that evening, police at a checkpoint identified a man driving a U-Haul vehicle as the owner of the Malibu.

Investigators determined at that time that he did not pose a threat.

The Regina Police Service and the Saskatchewan RCMP, along with other police services across the country, expressed concern for the Edmonton officer and others who were injured in Saturday's attack.

Conservative Pierre Paul-Hus questioned Mr. Goodale in the House of Commons on Monday, saying "Canadians need to know which information the RCMP had on this individual to undertake the investigation".

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